The bookies have been quick to price up likely candidates to replace the almost irreplaceable Ronaldo. We’ve taken a look at the possible options for the Spanish giants.
The Polish striker failed to find the back of the net for Poland at the World Cup, which led to his team being knocked out in the group stages. Pre-competition, the best odds you’d find on a move to Real Madrid were 11/5. That’s now drifted to 4/1, but even with that drift it still implies a 20% chance Lewandowski will be seen in a Madrid shirt next season.
The former Barcelona star took a barrage of abuse on social media during his time in Russia, due to his rather dramatic reactions on the pitch. However, it’s pretty well known there are some issues between Neymar and PSG, and the rumours surrounding a move to Madrid have been around for a while. Brazl’s talisman is 2/1 to make the move this summer.
Eriksen has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League over the last few years, and a good World Cup has propelled his chances of a mega money move. Two months ago the Danish midfielder was 33/1 to move to Real Madrid - he’s now 3/1 with one bookie.
Harry Kane is fully occupied bringing football home, but others appear to be still focused on linking him with a move away from London. Kane has made his name global following his Russia exploits, making a move away from Spurs a lot more feasible. England’s skipper is 6/1 to join Madrid, however it appears unlikely as he’s 1/20 to stay at Tottenham this transfer window.
The Belgian has been linked with a move away from London for a couple of years, but with bookies cutting the odds of him going to Madrid from 2/1 to as short as 10/11, now looks as likely as ever.
Other players bookies think could fill the Ronaldo void:
Kylian Mbappe: The 19 year-old could be a World Cup winner this time next week, making him the hottest property in football. The Frenchman is 9/4 to move to Spain.
Dell Alli: Another who could possibly be a World Cup winner soon, Alli would only leave in a mega money deal. However this looks a little more unlikely with bookies pricing at 16/1 he’ll move to Madrid.
Juan Quintero: One of the finds of the World Cup, the Colombian impressed many in Russia, and has since been priced at 5/2 to move to the Bernabeu.
Leon Bailey: Reports suggest Bailey was close to making the England squad (despite many saying it wasn’t possible) and his performances in Germany have linked him with a move to Spain. He’s 15/2 to sign for Madrid.
Mohamed Salah: Given the Egyptian King signed a new contract at Liverpool, admittedly, this looks unlikely. Bookies give it a 8/1 chance he’ll become a Madrid player this summer.
Sergio Aguero: Bit of an outsider given his connection with Atletico Madrid, but Aguero would be a good fit for the Champions League winners. He’s an outside chance of 33/1 to make the move.